Devin Townsend Teases New Music From “The Puzzle” & “Snuggles”

Devin Townsend has shared new teasers for “The Puzzle” and “Snuggles.“ You can check out those clips below:

Townsend commented:

“So what is ‘The Puzzle‘? …well, its not technically my ‘new record’, its more a collaborative, multimedia art project that acts as a stopgap between Empath and the next record, ‘Lightwork‘ (Due out in March of next year on Inside Out Records) The Puzzle includes 2 ‘soundtracks’ of sorts, (the highly orchestrated ‘Puzzle‘ and the very chill ‘Snuggles‘) along with a film, graphic novel, novel, and a huge amount of multimedia.

It includes many artists (upwards of 50) that participated via Zoom during the pandemic and the experience gave me a chance to purge and be completely creatively free. As such, it is a stream of conscious, and very abstract collection of music that includes a narrative (in the form of a film) and is meant to be a documentation of what the pandemic felt like to me.

Im very proud of it, and I will be uploading some of Snuggles next. Note: it is *not* meant to be considered a normal ‘album’, it is truly a sprawling, complex, multimedia cathartic release that was inspired by the events of the last year and a half.

Lightwork is much more in line with what Ive done in the past (Transcendence, Empath, Addicted, Ocean Machine etc) but Puzzle is very near to my heart. It includes so many of my friends and peers, and it has zero limits on it… its almost like ‘Puzzle and Snuggle‘ are like a modern day ‘Devlab and Hummer‘ (2 old albums of mine) but the difference being the levels of complexity this project included.

Mixing it alone was a nightmare, let alone the film, the books, the box sets etc. (The box set is a hand numbered and signed piece of work that is limited to 1000 pieces).

Im sure this won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, and I would imagine the listeners who are more interested in ‘Kingdom‘ or ‘Deadhead‘ would be better suited to wait for Lightwork, (and I can appreciate that very much…) however, ‘The Puzzle‘ has been my soundtrack for the last year and a half, and in keeping with the idea of making sure that what I am writing is authentic to what Im feeling, The Puzzle is essentially my documentation of the Pandemic and the world around it. It has been a very intense time, as Im sure you’d agree…

The other record, ‘Snuggles‘ is meant to be something you listen to in order to feel better… Puzzle is chaos, Snuggles is calm. The whole project is meant to express that I think there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel we’ve been through. Keeping ourselves and our loved ones together during it all became the whole point.

Thank you for allowing me to continue to make uncompromised work during a time that may be arguably wiser not to =)”

“…And here’s a bit of ‘Snuggles‘ … the idea for this was that when things were at their darkest and most chaotic last winter, I felt like myself and lots of people I knew were struggling to keep balanced, so while Puzzle was meant to purge the chaos, Snuggles is meant as something that gets played during times of trauma or unhappiness. Finding some beauty amidst all the ugly became very important to me, and it took going through the dark of the whole Pandemic to find this.

It was done with the same wonderful group of people who did ‘Puzzle‘ with me.

Thanks again for listening and thanks for not giving up.

Dev“

[via The PRP]

Devin Townsend Begins Recording New Album “Lightwork”, Announces European Tour

Devin Townsend has entered The Farm Studios in Vancouver, BC with producer GGGarth Richardson to begin the recording process for his new album “Lightwork.” That effort is expected to be released in spring 2022. In other news, Townsend has also announced a European tour in support of the record.

Tour Dates:

04/13 Dublin, IRE – Olympia
04/19 Lille, FRA – Le Splendid
04/20 Brussels, BEL – AB
04/21 Frankfurt, GER – Batschkapp
04/22 Cologne, GER – Carlswerk Victoria
04/23 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
04/25 Stuttgart, GER – LKA Longhorn
04/26 Clermont Ferrand, FRA – La Cooperative De Mai
04/27 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
04/29 Lisbon, POR – Cineteatro
04/30 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
05/01 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 1
05/03 Marseille, FRA – Le Moulin
05/04 Milan, ITA – Live Club
05/06 Dornbirn, AUT – Conrad Sohm
05/07 Munich, GER – Backstage Werk
05/08 Zurich, SWI – X-Tra
05/10 Leipzig, GER – Werk 2
05/12 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
05/13 Gothenburg, SWE – Pustervik
05/14 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene
05/16 Stockholm, SWE – Cirkus

Devin Townsend To Release “Devolution Series #2 – Galactic Quarantine” In June

Devin Townsend will be releasing “Devolution Series #2 – Galactic Quarantine” on June 25. The effort will feature the frontman’s September 5, 2020 virtual show in which he performed with guitarist Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless), bassist Liam Wilson (Azusa, The Dillinger Escape Plan), and drummer Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth). You can check out “Aftermath” from that set below:

“Devolution Series #2 – Galactic Quarantine” Track Listing:

01. “Velvet Kevorkian”
02. “All Hail The New Flesh”
03. “By Your Command”
04. “Almost Again”
05. “Juular”
06. “March Of The Poozers”
07. “Supercrush!”
08. “Hyperdrive ”
09. “Stormbending”
10. “Deadhead”
11. “Aftermath”
12. “Love?”
13. “Spirits Will Collide”
14. “Kingdom”
15. “Detox”

Devin Townsend To Perform “Ocean Machine: Biomech” In Full During May Livestream Concert

Devin Townsend will be performing “Ocean Machine: Biomech” in full during a livestream concert on May 1. Tickets for the virtual event can be found HERE.

Devin Townsend Creates Score For New BBC Children’s Show “Colours”

Devin Townsend has created the score for a new BBC children’s show called “Colours.” The frontman tweeted the following about that:

[via The PRP]

Devin Townsend Discusses “Ghost” In 14th Episode Of His “Devin Townsend Podcast”

Devin Townsend has shared the 14th episode of his “Devin Townsend Podcast.” This one finds the frontman discussing The Devin Townsend Project’s 2011 album “Ghost.”

Devin Townsend Discusses “Deconstruction” In 13th Episode Of His “Devin Townsend Podcast”

Devin Townsend has shared the 13th episode of his “Devin Townsend Podcast.” This one finds the frontman discussing The Devin Townsend Project’s “Deconstruction.”

Devin Townsend To Release “Devolution Series #1 – Acoustically Inclined, Live In Leeds” In March

Devin Townsend has announced that the first release in his “Devolution Series” will be available on March 19. the effort, which is titled “Devolution Series #1 – Acoustically Inclined, Live In Leeds,” will feature a 2019 acoustic set that he played in Leeds, UK in 2019.

Townsend commented:

“So we bring to you the ‘Devolution Series’: a grouping of oddities and interesting material that I would like people to hear, but don’t necessarily want to present as a ‘major release’.

The series will include all the quarantine songs and concerts, as well as various live shows from the past few years.

The first release is a remixed and remastered version of the ‘Live in Leeds’ show that was originally on the ‘Empath’ Ultimate Edition. It was a cool acoustic show that deserves to be heard I think, so we can use this as an introduction to the series.

I’m am currently deep in the writing of my new projects and am very excited to be doing so. Thanks for facilitating my ability to do that, and I hope you enjoy the ‘Devolution Series’.”

“Devolution Series #1 – Acoustically Inclined, Live In Leeds” Track Listing:

01. “Intro”
02. “Let It Roll”
03. “Funeral”
04. “Deadhead”
05. “Ih-Ah!”
06. “Love?”
07. “Hyperdrive!”
08. “Terminal”
09. “Coast”
10. “Solar Winds”
11. “Things Beyond Things”

Pre-orders can be found HERE and a video for “Hyperdrive!” can be found below:

Devin Townsend Offers Update On His Current Projects Including New Albums, A Film, & A Graphic Novel

Devin Townsend has taken to Twitter to offer an update on his current projects. Among them are two new albums, a film, and a graphic novel.

Townsend said the following:

“Update on what’s going on creatively: over the last 6 months, I’ve been working on two ‘scores’ that have become a film, 2 albums, and a graphic novel among other things called ‘The Puzzle’

It’s become a massive project with a lot of great people involved. It’s not ‘song oriented’ and is complicated and abstract. The film has become a tremendous undertaking and we will be streaming it online when it debuts, (along with physical product that is pretty next level)

The concept is meant to describe the last year of chaos and the psychological process it required of us all. The music and visuals act as an analogy for it. The number of people involved (30-40) represents a sort of community amidst it.

There’s two albums: ‘Puzzle’ is chaos and meant to represent the internal dialogue in a fundamentally absurd time, ‘Snuggles’ is meant to be a beautiful balm that acts as a conclusion and something you can listen to on loop to feel better. Both have a film.

The concept of it all, (which I’ll explain in Youtube clips pior to the release), is such that I hope it inspires people- if visually inclined- to make their own graphic novels, films, books etc, using the music as a soundtrack.

The Puzzle is written to be my version of a soundtrack to a kind of universal experience we’ve shared I guess…the movie and books we are producing are meant as examples of the concept…as in: ‘everybody’s puzzle is unique, based on the same experiences’

My work has always really just been a product of a compulsion to reflect what’s going on in my life. If things are chaotic, it’s bound to be chaotic. It’s been a very bizarre work flow, but it’s starting to come together now. Delivery date is March 22, release 2-3 months later.

Finally in August, I will be begin recording my next actual ‘album’ (with songs) for release early 2022. (Untitled so far) but before that, The Puzzle is something very different and really fascinating I think.

I’ll be back to podcasts and twitch streams when the workload lightens a touch here. Be well and thanks for everything.”

[via The PRP]

Devin Townsend Working On Music For A Kids Show In The UK

Devin Townsend is currently working on new music for a kids show in the UK. The frontman revealed the news in the below tweet. In other news, Townsend has also launched the 12th episode of his “Devin Townsend Podcast.” The latest episode focuses on “Addicted” and it can be found HERE.